HP Announces the OMEN X Laptop

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Hardware with 14 Comments

HP Announces the OMEN X Laptop

HP this week announced the OMEN X Laptop, which the PC maker describes as its most powerful gaming laptop yet.

“Built for gaming enthusiasts and e-sports athletes seeking uncompromised performance, the OMEN X Laptop with Windows 10 is built to support virtual reality, while engineered with thermal tech to support unlocked CPUs and factory-overclocked GPUs,” Microsoft’s Mollie Ruiz-Hopper writes. “Plus, it’s packed with memory options for unparalleled gaming performance in a stunning design with customizable lighting.”

If you’re familiar with HP’s gaming laptop efforts over the past few years, you know that the firm has released, in turn, some pretty impressive devices. But the OMEN X Laptop, which takes on the “X” branding from the highly-configurable OMEN X desktop, is all the more impressive.

The HP OMEN X Laptop can be configured with a 17-inch 4K display or a 17-inch 120 Hz 1080p display, HP says. Either way, you get NVIDIA G-sync for the smoothest possible display.

All configurations are VR-ready, meaning that they meet the standards for popular PC-based VR solutions—like HTC Vive and Oculus Rift—as well as for Windows Mixed Reality. The device is powered by 7th generation Intel Core i7 processors that are unlocked for overclocking, XMP memory options for memory overclocking, and factory-overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards.

Storage options include standalone HDD, PCIe-based HDD + SSD, and RAID0 SSD. The Laptop uses four 3.5mm heat pipes, four rear-corner-mounted radiators, and high-performance fans for heat management.

But the big story here in a way is that the OMEN X Laptop is very configurable, much like its desktop counterparts. And it provides single panel access to storage and RAM, so that these user serviceable components can be easily upgraded at any time. And it provides excellent expandability, with three full-size USB 3.0 ports, two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports, a full-sized HDMI 2.0a port with HDR support, a Mini DisplayPort port, Ethernet, a multi-format media card reader, and dual audio jacks, each with separate microphone and headset jacks.

The HP Omen X Laptop will start at $1199 when it becomes available this holiday season. You can find out more at the HP website.


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